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Polyommatina Swainson 1827

The Blues

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Polyommatini

Introduction

The "blues," a cosmopolitan group of small, delicate butterflies, many of which exhibit iridescent or powdery blue dorsal wing surfaces, especially in males.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

The grouping of genera into sections follows Eliot (1973), who stated:

"I have to admit complete failure in my efforts to find a satisfactory basis for subdividing this very large [sub]tribe into a few major groups. I have therefore fallen back on naming no less than thirty 'sections,' many of them of no more than subsection or even generic worth."

 

References

Bridges, C. A. 1988 Catalogue of family-group and genus-group names (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Urbana, IL: Charles A. Bridges.

Eliot, J. N. 1973 The higher classification of the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): a tentative arrangement. Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Ent.) 28, 371-505, 6 pls.

Title Illustrations
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Scientific Name Caleta elna elvira
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source B&W butt
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2006 budak
Scientific Name Brephidium exilis
Location Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
ToL Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 3.0.
Copyright © 2007
Scientific Name Acytolepis puspa
Location Thailand
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © John Moore
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2007. Polyommatina Swainson 1827. The Blues. Version 03 December 2007 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Polyommatina/111537/2007.12.03 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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